POLITICAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Western Africa Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO). The Political Affairs Officer will report to the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader of the Sahel Team, under the overall guidance of the Deputy Director and the Director of the Western Africa Division (political, non-mission and regional work and special political mission backstopping).
The Division, which covers Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, is tasked with monitoring and reporting on major developments in the countries in West Africa and the Sahel, and recommending actions for addressing the related challenges, risks and threats.
Under the overall supervision of the Director, the Deputy Director and/or the Senior Political Affairs Officer/Team Leader of the Sahel Team of the Western Africa Division of DPPA-DPO, the Political Affairs Officer is responsible for the following duties: S/he monitors and assesses political developments in the Sahel; formulates political strategies; initiates and carries out in-depth analyses and studies on complex political developments, cross-cutting issues and current trends and issues in the Sahel with a view to providing early warning advice to the Secretary-General, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs/Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, as well as policy options for conflict prevention and resolution, and post-conflict peacebuilding. To that end, the incumbent liaises with Permanent Missions to the UN of countries in the Sahel region, UN Departments, agencies and programmes, international organizations and academic institutions. The incumbent follows up on meetings/decisions of the Security Council and other inter-governmental committees and bodies related to the Sahel and participates in fact-finding, preventive diplomacy or peace-making missions as requested or approved by the Secretary-General or the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. S/he prepares briefing papers for missions of the Secretary-General; prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs/Assistant Secretary-General for Africa and other senior advisers; and assists in negotiation and conflict resolution efforts. The incumbent performs other related duties as required.Competencies
PROFESSIONALISM: Has in-depth knowledge and understanding of political issues in the Sahel region and an ability to evaluate regional political situations. Has knowledge of bilateral and multilateral initiatives and interests in the Sahel region. Shows ability to monitor the implementation of regional initiatives/strategies. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Shows ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries. Shows ability to relate to various issues and perspectives on political, social, economic and humanitarian programmes in affected countries and areas. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration or other related. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required.
Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting is required.
Experience working on political issues in the Sahel region is required.
Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN regional commissions, agencies, funds, and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization is required.
Experience in project development and management of extra-budgetary funds is desirable.
Experience in inter-agency coordination at the international level within the UN system or similar international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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